Best and Worst Food For Your Teeth
Apart from maintaining good oral health through tooth brushing and interdental cleaning, your diet is also an important factor for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
The more frequently you eat and drink, the more you expose your teeth to decay. That is why what you actually eat and drink is so important.
The best drinks to have for your teeth are still water and milk. Water acts like saliva and helps wash sugars and acid off teeth and it also contains fluoride which is found in toothpaste and some mouthwashes.
You should limit the amount of sugary drinks you have through the day, and avoid sipping at those drinks for long periods of time. Fizzy drinks contain acids which can do more harm than the sugar they contain. If you do want to have a fizzy drink then have one during meal times, where the food neutralises the acid. Avoid wine, tea and coffee if you don’t want your teeth to become stained.
The best foods for your mouth include dairy products, especially cheese, chicken and nuts.
The worst foods include sweets (both chewy and hard), cakes, breads, any sticky foods which contain high levels of sugar and citrus fruits, especially grapefruit and lemons.
Sugarless or sugar free food and drinks do not necessarily mean that they do not contain other natural sweeteners which still can be harmful to teeth. You can look out for these on product labels under sugars or carbohydrates for words ending in ‘ose’.